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text 2017-07-13 21:12
Nonfiction Science Book Club: My Suggestions
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story - Angela Saini
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming - Mike Brown
13 Things That Don't Make Sense 13 Things That Don't Make Sense 13 Things That Don't Make Sense - Michael Brooks
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? - Frans de Waal
The Day the Universe Changed - James Burke
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World - Steven Johnson
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space - Janna Levin
Seeing Further - Bill Bryson
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life - Helen Czerski

In no order whatsoever (except "as I thought about it"):

 

 

Nonfiction Science Bookclub on booklikes is at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/90/buddy-read-for-the-invention-of-nature 

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/90/buddy-read-for-the-invention-of-nature
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review 2017-06-26 05:00
Horizon by Tabitha Lord
Horizon - Tabitha Lord

Caeli is one member that has a few unique skills. There is a commander in trouble with his spaceship. Will he survive? Caeli is part of the few survivors of her world. She is taken from her home and put with someone that being dictator.

 

Tabitha is a good author and she brings it all to life. What will happen on Horizon. Will the commander and Caeli get together and help save the crew, and find love in each other? She happy to work on the ship in where she loves working.

 

We go on adventures through inner space and what life is like on Horizon. Will they all survive or not? I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last page. I cannot wait to start the second book that I do have in this series. The author has done wonderfully with it. There are surprises throughout the book and some romance as well.


I believe this book is good for though science fiction but also I would suggest teens read it from the age of 14 and up. The parent has the right to decide. It being rated PG 13 so it would be okay for 13 years old if you the parent this your child or children are mature enough for the book. That is up to you.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2017/06/book-tour-horizon-by-tabitha-lord.html
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review 2016-12-18 11:16
Die Verfremdungseffekt: "All that Outer Space Allows" by Ian Sales
All That Outer Space Allows (Apollo Quartet) (Volume 4) - Ian Sales

Published 2015.

 

"One of the strengths of science fiction is its capacity to literalise metaphors."

 

In " "All that Space Allows" by Ian Sales

 

If Shakespeare broke the 4th wall in several instances, why shouldn’t Ian Sales be allowed to do it? “A Midsummer Night's Dream” deserves special mention for Puck's ending speech, which can be condensed into "We're sorry if you didn't like the play." Even before that, Oberon seems to be addressing the audience when he explains how he is Invisible to Normals. It also deserves a secondary mention for the continuous breaking of the 4th (5th?) wall in the Pyramus and Thisbe sequence. Frequently the action stops so Bottom can reply to the characters watching the play. Plus, the prologues. Oh, the prologues. And of course in Henry V where the opening monologue is an extended apologia for not showing the tremendous battles that are going on in-between the play's scenes. Made doubly strange because it was retained in both the Olivier and Branagh films of the play, where they do show the battles. Also, any time Iago opens his mouth he is likely to address the audience by the end of the speech. And don’t forget one of Hamlet's many soliloquies (this one in Act II, scene ii) includes the lines "I have heard that guilty creatures sitting at a play/Have by the very cunning of the scene/Been struck so to the soul that presently/They have proclaimed their malefactions..."

 

If you're into SF, read on.

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url 2016-12-04 02:46
The Best Science Books of 2016
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space - Janna Levin
The Polar Bear - Jenni Desmond
Time Travel: A History - James Gleick
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time by Maria Konnikova (2016-01-12) - Maria Konnikova
Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell by Alexandra Horowitz (2016-10-04) - Alexandra Horowitz
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World - Rachel Ignotofsky
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
Felt Time: The Psychology of How We Perceive Time (MIT Press) - Marc Wittmann,Erik Butler
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World - Peter Wohlleben

Listen to the best books of science 2016. Nice introduction. 

 

There are more books that I could link, so have a listen. 

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review 2016-09-15 02:41
5 Fantastic Stars for Revenger!...
Revenger - Alastair Reynolds

Synopsis:

 

"The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

 

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them …

 

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded with layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

 

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

 

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future – a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism … and of vengeance …"

 

 

Revenger is one of those books that you just know from the very start that it's going to keep you locked to its pages until the very end. I won't go into a summary because I think the synopsis sums up the basis of the story very well and anything I can think to add will just spoil it. I will say though that it exceeded even my highest expectations. The world building and the character development was absolutely phenomenal! By the time the story was ending I was hoping for just a few more pages because I wasn't ready to let go of the Ness sisters or their world just yet. I dearly hope there are many sequels in the works because there is so much more to be gleaned from the amazing world Reynolds has created. If you enjoy a good space adventure, then Revenger is a must-read!!

 

*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Orion Publishing/ Gollancz in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge

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